Interview with Filmmakers Melissa Skirboll & Penny Jackson (MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

MY DINNER WITH SCHWARTZEY played to rave reviews at the September 2020 WILDsound Female Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Melissa: Penny and I really wanted to collaborate on something – we had worked together in NY theater previously and both were starting to segue into film. When we started talking about possible projects the Weinstein case had just broken and My Dinner With Schwartzey seemed really topical. And on top of being pertinent to the #metoo moment it had such wonderful visual and aural possibilities written in to the initial story; I got really excited about bridging that moment in time to life!

Penny: I was motivated to make this film after hearing a dramatized reading of my published short story sponsored by Dixon Place Theater in downtown Manhattan. Although I had always been a playwright, I was always interested in writing a film. The…

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